Hand Plucked Curated Teas
Good Enough For Legendary James Beard
A look at why tea connoisseurs say Tea Forté nurtures America’s culinary heritage
By Robin Jay
I’ll never forget Mother’s Day 2007. We were weekending on Brickell Key in Miami. My children woke up early and walked next door to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel to buy me a special gift. You would have thought by their excited anticipation they had wrapped up a bar of gold. And in a way, they had.
Inside the artfully designed box were a dozen delicate tea bags. Not just any old flat tea bags, but rather beautiful leaf-topped pyramid-shaped silken infusers toting whole leaf herbal teas inside. Each tea bag came wrapped in a tiny triangular gold-foil-lined box. That morning, as a family, we enjoyed the most delicious cups of tea we had ever tasted. A true treasure of a memory.
This year, Opulence proudly became a member of the James Beard Foundation, an organization that celebrates the late chef who pioneered and elevated the American style of cooking, putting it on the global culinary map. The mission of the James Beard Foundation is to nurture and honor America’s diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire. How pleased I was to learn that Tea Forté serves as the Exclusive House Purveyor of fine tea at the James Beard House in New York.
As they say at the James Beard Foundation: food matters. It is an integral part of our everyday lives – in economics, politics, entertainment, culture, fashion, family, passion…and nourishment.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity year after year to partner with the ultimate culinary organization synonymous with bringing extraordinary dining experiences to the table,” said Tea Forté CEO Michael Gebrael. “For our bespoke tea offerings to be selected as the perfect accompaniment to promote the culinary arts at the celebrated James Beard Foundation and James Beard House, is a source of great pride.”
Created in America
Tea Forté is an American tea company based in Concord, Massachusetts, founded in 2003. Today, it is recognized around the world as the exceptional tea experience for its variety and unparalleled quality of handcrafted teas, design-driven accessories, exquisite packaging and luxuriant approach.
We share with you here a few of the Opulence team’s favorite gift selections of the season. For more information about the intriguing history of tea, visit www.teaforte.com.